For unspecified pitched instruments, includes one score. This is a unique experiment in notation from the early 1970s. A one page graphic score is given to each player who must interpret the symbols and proceed at their own pace. Written for tuned instruments only. Duration: variable
Review from Percussive Notes (2022):
“Omnibus ” is a unique experiment in notation from the early 1970s. A one-page graphic score is given to each player, who must interpret the symbols and proceed at his or her own pace. Written for tuned instruments only, the piece involves the ensemble numbering their own pitches and deciding in advance an order of predetermined events as listed in the score. If an untuned percussion instrument is desired, the score can be supplemented by “Omnibus  by Otto Henry, which is sold separately.
There is a lot of flexibility of instrumentation, number of players, and duration. It is recommended that there be at least four players. This reviewer would suggest a much larger ensemble. The instructions, while extensive, leave some key questions unanswered, including when to use what pitches. It will take some planning and an ensemble confident in their interpretation to create a cohesive performance. This would be an excellent piece for any ensemble looking to explore the aleatoric world more deeply.
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